Music Technology Posts from March, 2010

How To Tune A Guitar

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

So you think you can tune a guitar? Maybe you can, but when you’re in the studio laying down a track for posterity, there are plenty of details that you might overlook…

Skinput – The Human Touchscreen

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

So touchscreen laptops are now in the mainstream, with gesture-based control not far behind. However, some even newer technology could turn your own arm into a control surface…

Saving Dynamic Range #DYNAMICRANGEDAY

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Saturday was Dynamic Range Day – part of a campaign to help fight the trend of making music recordings as loud as possible. Being louder might seem like a good idea, but there is a high price to pay…

How To Prevent Clipping

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Clipping is a particularly nasty form of distortion that occurs in the digital domain when the level of the audio signal moves above 0dB – into the red. Because there’s no more space to describe the waveform, we instead get a truncation…

Originality Of The Specious

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Here’s an example of how new art can be created by copying old art – this video by Nina Paley was designed to illustrate the flaws in our current copyright systems, and how we shouldn’t be basing these systems on the impossible concept of originality…

Can We Cope With Artificial Music?

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Many people perceive art as an expression of the human soul, a revelation of our unique humanness. However, one modern composer – Emily Howell – has generated a great deal of controversy and thrown these beliefs into question, partly because her compositions are actually quite good…